Shalini Ramachandran, Daisuke Wakabayashi, and Amol Sharma:
Apple has had discussions since at least mid-2012 with Time Warner Cable Inc., the No. 2 operator, people familiar with the matter said. Those talks, known internally at Time Warner Cable as “Project Jupiter,” came to a standstill when the cable operator became a takeover target, the people said. Comcast in February agreed to acquire Time Warner Cable for $45 billion, a deal regulators are reviewing that would give Comcast a total of 30 million U.S. customers, after proposed divestitures.
So, of course Apple is now talking with Comcast. Anyone could have predicted that (and did!). What choice do they have? None, now.
And, of course:
Apple and Comcast aren’t close to an agreement, said one person familiar with the talks.
I’m shocked — SHOCKED — that the Comcast/Time Warner Cable deal has the potential to screw users in more ways than one.